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~1 Samuel~

Bible Location:

The 9th book of the Bible located between Ruth and 2nd Samuel


Women Who Are Spoken Of In This Book:

  • Hannah


Date of Writing:
Approximately sometime between 930 bc and 722 bc, though exact date of writing is not known


The Author Of This Book:

Samuel, Nathan, Gad.

Brief Summary:

The people of Israel thought their nation would be more successful if they were led by a king, like the surrounding countries. 1 Samuel tells the history of Israel’s change from a theocracy, a country run by God, to a monarchy, a country led by human royalty.

Book Snipit:

The two Books of Samuel (Hebrew: Sefer Shmuel ספר שמואל‎) are part of the Deuteronomistic history, a series of books (Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings) in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament that constitute a theological history of the Israelites which explains God’s law for Israel under the guidance of the prophets.[

Key Verses:

1 Samuel 2:2, 1 Samuel 15:22, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Samuel 30:6


Key Words:
Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice


Notable Events In This Book:

  • The rise of Samuel,
  • The capture of the Ark of the Covenant
  • The People of Israel demand a king
  • Saul becomes king
  • God rejects Saul
  • David is anointed king
  • David defeats Goliath


Key people in this book are:

Eli, Hannah, Samuel, Saul, David, Goliath, Jonathan


Notable places are:
Ancient Israel, Philistia, Moab, Amalek.


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